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Amazon reportedly wants to bring cashierless Go tech to airports, movie theaters

Shopping at the Amazon Go store in San Francisco

The tech behind Amazon Go stores might spread to other retailers.

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Amazon is apparently working to spread cashierless technology from its Go stores to other retailers. The e-commerce giant is talking to OTG, which operates airport concessions, and Cineworld, the company behind Regal theaters, about using equipment from its futuristic, automated stores, CNBC reported Monday.

The company is also looking at concession stands in baseball stadiums, CNBC noted. 

Amazon hopes that the installation process for its Go tech could be done in as little as two weeks and aims to have hundreds of automated stores operating by the end of 2020. It currently has 16 Go stores, with two more announced.

Amazon’s response to the report was brief.

“We don’t comment on rumors or speculation,” an Amazon spokesperson said in an emailed response.    

A New York City Go location became first to accept cash earlier this year in response to concerns that the cashless policy discriminates against lower-income or younger customers who don’t have bank accounts, cards or smartphones.

Neither Cineworld nor OTG immediately responded to requests for comment.

First published at 7:54 a.m. PT.
Update, 8:15 a.m. PT: Adds more detail.
Update, 9:33 a.m. PT: Adds response from Amazon.

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